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New California Law Protecting Solar Customers Went Into Effect January 1

SACRAMENTO -- (Monday, Jan. 14, 2019) -- California homeowners now enjoy new rights under a new law championed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The intent of the bill, Assembly Bill 1070, is to protect consumers looking to invest in solar power while discouraging unethical practices from the dishonest solar power companies.

Gonzalez Fletcher moves to make postage for mail ballots free for voters

SACRAMENTO – As California’s elections become more dependent on mail-ballot voting, State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher introduced Assembly Bill 216 today to make it easier for voters to cast their ballot through the mail by paying the postage for returned mail ballots in statewide elections.

Bill would give workers double-pay on Thanksgiving

San Diego — Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is making a second attempt at getting companies to pay double to employees who work on Thanksgiving.

"I believe in creating a society that works for all workers. I believe that employees should have the right to stay home with their families in a family holiday," Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said during a teleconference on Wednesday.

N.B.A. Cheerleaders’ New Rallying Cry: Better Pay

As the N.B.A. starts a new season this week, the salary cap for players will climb to a record $70 million per team at the same time that a federal court considers charges that cheerleaders have been cheated out of fair pay.
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This fall, legal claims of wage theft in professional cheerleading have spread from the N.F.L. to the N.B.A., and basketball teams' treatment of female performers is under intense scrutiny.

Lee Elementary School reconsiders Confederate ties

They recounted Civil War history, waxed nostalgic about their alma matter, and disagreed about whether or not Robert E. Lee Elementary School should take a new name.

Following a lively community forum Friday night, the San Diego Unified School District will conduct a survey to gauge support of a proposal to rename the 56-year-old campus amid a national movement to scrub public buildings of their ties to the Confederacy and slavery.

Competitive cheer to be recognized by CIF starting in 2017

The California Interscholastic Federation will add competitive cheer to its stable of sports beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law Assembly Bill 949, which had been sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.

Gonzalez, a former Stanford cheerleader, said the law will mean better safety and coach training standards and potentially more resources for competitive cheer athletes. The law would not affect cheerleaders who root on football or basketball teams, better known as sideline cheer.

Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians

Targeting California's recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the DMV to obtain or renew a driver's license.

The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election.